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“Writing is a job, a talent, but it's also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.”

--Ann Patchett

Jan Burke

Speaker: Jan Burke

Date: February 18, 2017

"Learning to Love Revision"

Jan Burke is a critically acclaimed and national bestselling author of fourteen books—twelve of crime fiction, a supernatural thriller, and a collection of short stories. She won one of crime fiction's top honors, the Edgar® Award for Best Novel, for Bones

Jan was born in Texas, but has lived in Southern California most of her life, often in coastal cities—several of which combine to make up fictional Las Piernas, where her series character, reporter Irene Kelly, works and lives. 

She attended California State University, Long Beach, and graduated with a degree in history. 

She wrote her first book, Goodnight, Irene, in evenings after work and submitted it unsolicited to Simon & Schuster, which published it in 1993. This distinguished house has published her novels since that time. 

Her short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery MagazineAlfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and numerous anthologies and other magazines. Her books and stories have garnered Edgar, Agatha, Macavity, EQMM Readers and RT Booklovers awards, and nominations for the Anthony, Barry, Nero, and others. 

Her books and stories have been published in many languages and have been optioned for film and television. Her novels have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.

Jan is an advocate for better funding of crime labs and the improvement of forensic science. She founded the non-profit Crime Lab Project

She is the cohost, with D.P. Lyle, of Crime and Science Radio.


Upcoming speaker for March 18, 2017:

Stuart Horwitz

Speaker: Stuart Horwitz

"Finish Your Book in Three Drafts"

You may have asked yourself while writing: How many drafts is this going to take? Stuart Horwitz, nationally known expert on structure and revision, thinks the answer is three -- provided you know what draft you’re in and what action steps to take between drafts. Horwitz's Book Architecture Method has helped bestselling writers transform their messy manuscripts into polished books through a wonderfully efficient process, signing with top literary agencies and sealing deals with coveted publishing houses. Accomplished and aspiring writers alike will learn the secrets of how to reach the finish line through an engaging presentation which will provide examples of the Book Architecture Method in action.

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